A Life in a Nutshell -- Miklos N. Szilagyi

I was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1936, i.e., in the wrong place at the wrong time. Accordingly, I've lived an unusually 'colorful' life in six different countries. I hardly survived the war and served both as president of a university and as an unemployed refugee.

I was educated in Hungary and Russia: M.S. in Engineering Physics (with honors) from the Polytechnical University of Leningrad, Ph.D. from the Electrotechnical University of Leningrad, D.Tech. from the Polytechnical University of Budapest and D.Sc. (a degree of exceptional distinction) from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

I've worked in such areas as Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Particle Beams and Optics, Neural Networks, Physical Electronics, Electromagnetics, Biomedical Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Science and Education Policy, Management and Administration. I am the author of 11 books, over 130 scientific publications and some patents. I am a member of numerous societies, clubs and professional organizations and am listed in a number of reference books, such as Who's Who in the World.

I have worked at research institutes and universities like Cornell, Stanford, Berkeley, University of Chicago, Deutsches Elektronen- Synchrotron DESY, Hungarian National Institute for Neurosurgery, Aarhus University, Delft Technological University, University of Heidelberg, Max Planck Institute of Nuclear Physics, etc., etc. I have been a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona since 1982.

I have been seriously studying history and social philosophy since my adolescent years. My book How To Save Our Country: A Nonpartisan Vision for Change was favorably compared with Arthur Schlesinger's The Disuniting of America in a scholarly review. As a university professor, a frequent public speaker, and a regular seminar leader on issues of social philosophy, I have many years of experience in public speaking on topics rooted in the humanities. I also teach a course on American values at the University of Arizona.

In 1993,  I founded The Tucson Institute, a nonpartisan nonprofit educational organization for better citizenship and for the promotion of integrity, honesty, and responsibility in political, business, and social relations. I serve as President of The Tucson Institute.

My numerous hobbies include travel, swimming, literature, philately, graphology, languages (four of them), mathematical & computer games. I am a liberal conservative.

I have two wonderful sons and four delightful grandchildren.

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